Born in Quebec in 1970, of British and Bulgarian parents, PANDEV (first name: Ivan) has played in rock bands (on either side of the Atlantic) for over 20 years, accumulating both stage and recording studio experience. While having rather eclectic musical tastes, his songs remain mostly in the rock vernacular, with a left-leaning tendency in his lyrics.

In the spring of 2012, a first “solo effort” comes to fruition after over a year of composing and recording: “Home” is an independent release which contains 15 new compositions which while being predominantly rock, include some folk and jazz escapades.

After having been in a number of bands, he presently plays in a Paris-based band (called “CirQuS VoltairE”) in which he sings, plays the guitar and contributes English-language rock songs to the band’s repertoire (as well as some of the songs from the “Home” album). He can be seen gigging in and around Paris (France).

Albums Released:

L’Envers de la nuit


Remue-Ménage – 1996

Claude Beauchamp: Keybords, accordéon, programming & back vocals.

Jean Cerretti: Electric guitars, violin & back vocals.

Ivan Pandev: Bass, acoustic guitars, mandolin & vocals

Recording, mixing and mastering: Daniel Côté – Mur du Son (Montreal, Quebec)

Work In Progress

(Dark Productions, DP 2006-0206)

TabarnaK! – 2006

Olivier Guilland: Drums

Valérie Massol: Back vocals

Ivan Pandev: Guitars, keyboards and vocals

Frédéric Schneider: bass

Emmanuel De Olivera: Harmonica on “L’Envers de la nuit”

Recording, mixing and mastering: Rod Bianchi – Dark Productions (Bussy Saint Georges, France)

Les Mêmes


Les Mêmes – 2011

Olivier Guilland: Drums

Jean-Marc Joannès: Bass

Ivan Pandev: Guitars, keyboards, harmonica & vocals.

Recording, mixing and mastering: LedPan studios (Vincennes, France)

Closing Statement


Gaz ‘Oual – 2012

Eric Baud: Bass

Rod Bianchi: Guitars

Ali Kebaili: Drums

Ivan Pandev: Vocals & keyboards

Hugues Vincent: Guitars

Recording, Mixing & Mastering: Rod Bianchi


(LedPan 2012-00101)

PANDEV – 2012

Ivan Pandev: Guitars, ukulele, mandolin, harmonica, keyboars and programming.

Gabriel Pandev-Girard: electric guitar on “Story of a Band”

Benjamin Pandev-Girard: Violin on “Be Seeing You”

Sadimka Pandev: Flute on “Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em”

Recorded at LedPan Studios (Vincennes, France), Mixed & Mastered by Rod Bianchi (Studio 20bis, Bussy Saint Georges, France)

12-CirQuSVoltairE11 by CirQuS VoltairE

CirQuS VoltairE – 2016


Vinze: Bass

Lorenzo: Drums

Van(Ivan Pandev): Vocals, guitars & keyboards

Recording, Mixing & Mastering: Italmizic Studio and LedPan Studios (France)

Influences/musical tastes (in no particular order)
  • the Kinks
  • the Who
  • the Beatles
  • the Rolling Stones
  • the Smiths
  • Van Morrison
  • Eric Clapton
  • the Wonder Stuff
  • ZZ Top
  • the Yardbirds
  • ELO
  • Simon & Garfunkel
  • Chris de Burgh
  • Cat Stevens
  • America
  • the Stray cats
  • Brian Setzer
  • April Wine
  • John Mellencamp
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Yves Montand
  • Boris Vian
  • Offenbach (both the band and the composer!)
  • Harmonium
  • Beau Dommage
  • Charles Aznavour
  • Stéphane Grapelli
  • Django Reinhardt
  • Richard Séguin
  • Duke Ellington
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Frank Sinatra
  • the Beach Boys
  • Harry Connick Jr.
  • Aerosmith
  • Bryan Adams
  • Jethro Tull
  • Marianne Faithfull
  • Tim Curry
  • Richard O’Brien
  • Frank Zappa
  • Supertramp
  • Styx
  • Michel Pagliaro
  • Elvis Presley
  • Mika
  • Robbie Williams
  • Prince
  • Queen
  • the Bangles
  • Amy Winehouse
  • B.B. King
  • Billy Joel
  • Buddy Holly
  • the Buzz Band
  • Claude Dubois
  • Corcoran-Gosselin
  • T-Rex
  • Uncle Cracker
  • Crosby Stills nash and Young
  • David Bowie
  • Tom Jones
  • Eddie Cochran
  • Dire Straits
  • The Moody Blues
  • the Eagles
  • Genesis
  • David Bowie
  • Heart
  • Jefferson Airplane
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Manfred Mann
  • Mellissa Ethridge
  • Beethoven
  • Mozart
  • Chopin
  • Albinoni
  • Niagara
  • Oasis
  • Suzi Quatro
  • Ravi Shankar
  • Sam Brown
  • Joan Jett
  • the Doors
  • the Georgia Satellites
  • Chrissy Hinde
  • the Small Faces
  • Tom Petty
  • Yes
  • etc. etc…